More important than the actual process to complete a task is the purpose behind why it is done at all. The driving force for any process must be backed up by a doctrine of some sort or the purpose of any process may get questioned and your systems break down. The policy is the ‘law of gravity’ so to speak for your systems. Policies govern the actions required for smooth operations and keep all responsible parties reading from the same sheet of music.
Knowledge is power. We’ve all heard that one before but what do you, your team, office, or organization do with all that power? Yeah, you. How about the person in the office next to you? Like most organizations, I’ll wager it leaks out into the digital ether like precious radiate heat from an old house with bad windows. IT’S GONE. Wasted resources. Wasted energy. Wasted money.
Your process creators are your most valuable asset outside of the actual tools and systems used to build the processes. Make sure you keep them around. They are the oil in the machine that enables younger and less experienced process followers to excel at the job and build the widgets that generate profit. This is where you create great people. People who are efficient at a job because they can follow the process provided to them. You can have 2–3 excellent processes followers for the cost of your creators.
I am a firm believer that everyone should have a (or some) personal project(s) that consume a small percentage of their time. I'm not talking about home projects like cleaning the garage or building that shelf in the utility room. I am talking about side gigs, a passion project - something you enjoy doing outside of your job that already makes a little extra money, or could real soon.
Few things have rattled me in my career more than recently becoming a 'team lead.' I’ve been fortunate, so to speak, to be able to pretty much just sit in the weeds and do work I enjoy and avoid all the orchestration that comes with management. Being 10+ years into my post-college life, I knew that I couldn’t always skirt around the additional responsibility that would inevitably be coming my way. People who take great pride in and have a passion for their everyday work, typically get sucked into leadership roles rather they like it or not.
At the writting of this post, I'm fairly certain no one reads these posts anyway. If you somehow stumbled upon this post or this excerpt, I appreciate you. I'm wiriting this post particually to just get started again and map out my plan for where content will belong from this point foward. In this post I share no goals for my future writing; I simply share my new direction and how I plan to syndicate what I beleive is worth sharing.
Feedly is a great tool for aggregating data into one location. It doesn't really matter what category of information you are trying to collect, there are hundreds, maybe thousands of blogs sharing information about whatever interests you. Keeping bookmark after bookmark in your browser is ridiculous. You'd spend more time waiting for the web pages to load than you would actually consuming the content.
Sometimes there's an opportunity to use a service that is free (nothing is ever free BTW) but you are limited to the number of 'features' the service offers in their free plan. For instance Buffer. Buffer is a social media sharing app that allows you to connect to social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc. and schedule postings to go out at times...
Staying organized with events and reminders across multiple accounts and contexts is very difficult. The busier people get and the more people take on, the harder it becomes. Especially if you are running a side gig or a busy entrepreneur not quite ready to take the leap and quit your full-time job.
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There are three things that are the most coveted. Ask anyone and you’ll know. More money, More time, More(better) health. Of those three things you can choose what ultimately is the most important.You can prioritize what you will focus on the most. But be careful how you review the progress you make. You may have two of the three locked down, but struggled with the third.
Don't take it personally. It’s just a matter of fact. Sorry, not sorry. I’m a successful mother fucker. Not because I have millions in the bank (I don’t) and not because I’ve built some ridiculous empire (I haven’t). It's because I’m constantly in pursuit of something. A better body, optimal health, and time/financial freedom.
I sometimes have folks around me ask what they should do or how they can get started if they have an idea or want to start building a following online. I’ll never tout myself as an expert in this area but I have gathered plenty of information on the topic and found certain points to be of great value.
Progress, not perfection. Profound huh?... How do we start something new? How do we really start to build new habits? I'll share what has been working for me. I sometimes don't get it though. I'm pretty sure most don’t. This idea of just doing something to get the ball rolling. Usually, before I sit down to start writing a post or program some silly code for something I am working on I have to “be in the zone,” or have everything just right.
A few years ago I started hearing things about how important it was to network. Statements like “connect with people” and “it’s not what you know but, who you know.” We’ve all heard that one before and I have to say that it seems to reign true. More recently I hear this quote thrown around quite a bit. You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. –Jim Rohn
Growing up I hated reading. I wasn’t good at it so I avoided it at all costs. There likely was an actual learning disability there. In all honesty, I’m pretty sure I graduated high school with about a 6th-grade reading level. I never read any of my assignments, somehow cheated on my literature reports and just snuck by. I seriously never read a whole book cover-to-cover until I was out of college. Couldn’t remember what I just read anyway so what was the point?
I've been gone awhile. I reset everything and here's why. This year start off like every other year previous. I set goals and resolutions, or whatever you want to call them, but this year was different. In past years, I set out to achieve something, build, create, deign, you name it. 2014 started off by me saying ‘yes’ to every opportunity which was quickly railroaded. 2016 was the year of 'resetting,' and then creating lots of content.
I did it again. I can't really tell you why yet, aside from the fact that I just haven't found my groove, 'flow', niche, or even myself honestly. As my domain is name is up for renewal again I realize that I purchased rosswickman.com at the end of 2012. I thought I was a pretty neat bigshot back then. My own name as a domain and just venturing into the wonderful world of entrepreneurialism.
I've been very fortunate in my life and career to get to do things that force me to learn or at the very least allow me the opportunity to learn. But... Like many people I've also have had stretches where I dreaded what I was doing, didn't feel like I was making enough of an impact, or feel like I was really moving forward.